FreeType is a software font engine that can be used to render text into bitmaps ( glyph images). FreeType is developed in C language and it can be used into the graphic libraries, display servers, font conversion applications and into fields where text is needed to convert into images. Unlike any other font engine libraries, FreeType is designed to be simple, fast and light-weight. It compiles easily with languages like C or C++.
Recently, FreeType 2.8 was released with many changes and improvements. Some of the key improvement in the latest release is CFF2 support and OpenType variation font handling is now complete, the auto-hinter now understands 25 more scripts.
Here’s how you can install in Linux Mint or Ubuntu 16.04 .
1. Open the command line terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and paste the following command to add it’s repository followed with password.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glasen/freetype2
2. Next, run the system update
sudo apt update
3. Finally, install the Freetype
sudo apt install freetype2-demos